Argentine leader to face judge over leak

Apr 08, 2016, 7:50 AM EDT
Argentine President Mauricio Macri.
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Argentine President Mauricio Macri has pledged to assert his innocence when he appears before a federal prosecutor on Friday to explain his finances.

The BBC reports:

An investigation began on Thursday after it transpired Mr Macri was mentioned in the Panama Papers, leaked files of law firm Mossack Fonseca. Mr Macri said he would file a judicial "declaration of certainty" so the court can see he is telling the truth. In a televised address, he vowed to prove he had done nothing wrong. According to local media reports, the president was listed as director of an offshore company in the Bahamas. He said he wanted to co-operate fully with any inquiry. "I know there are some people concerned about these allegations in the Panama Papers that have come out and involve me," he said. "I want to say one more time that I am very calm, I have complied with the law, I have told the truth and I have nothing to hide."

Deustche Welle writes:

The Panama Papers - about 11.5 million documents on offshore dealings leaked from the law firm Mossack Fonseca - have illuminated the secret finances of a host of powerful politicians, celebrities and sports stars. Macri is listed as a director at two offshore shell companies. He did not list either in his financial declarations when he became Buenos Aires mayor in 2007 or after he was elected president last year. Russian President Vladimir Putin and China's Xi Jinping, two other leaders whom reporters have tied to offshore assets, have been implicated only via their close associates. British Prime Minister David Cameron was also listed as a former offshore asset holder; he denies any tax-dodging.